Given the challenges that have arisen from recently updated Guinness requirements, the Real Diaper Association has decided, with input from the GCDC Organizing Committee and hosts, not to have Guinness verify our world record attempt this year. We will go ahead, as planned, and attempt to break our 2014 overall GCDC world record of 9,770 babies changed into cloth diapers in a 24-hour period.
All GCDC event locations will now be included in the 2015 Great Cloth Diaper Change World Record! There will be no official vs.unofficial numbers. All participants will be counted!
We understand that removing the backing of Guinness is disappointing and it may create promotional issues for some of you (particularly our international events). We hope this letter will help clarify how we came to this difficult decision. We want to assure you that this event will remain an attempt to break the current Guinness World Record. We will maintain the integrity of the submitted evidence and adhere to the previous year’s guidelines provided by Guinness.
We will not, however, submit this evidence to Guinness for verification.
What persuaded us to make this change two weeks prior to the event? Guinness made the following additions to the evidence requirements with only a few weeks notice:
- Additional required overall witness (2 overall witnesses plus 1 steward for every 50 participants)
- A timekeeper requirement
- A venue layout submission
- Use of a Guinness template for witnesses
- Independent auditor evidence verification
- Submission of video evidence from start to finish at each event venue
Despite our attempts to make all of these new requirements work on such short notice, it is important to know that the majority of our hosts have strong feelings about the inappropriateness of babies being recorded on video during a diaper change. In the past, we have made it clear that there were no photos allowed during the diaper change for the privacy of every baby attending. We understand that beliefs towards nudity of children and nudity in general vary for our participants and we aim to be as inclusive as possible. We hope that all of our Hosts will respect our obligation to maintain a standard of privacy for all children involved in what is meant to be a fun and community building event.
The primary purpose of the Great Cloth Diaper Change is to promote cloth diapering in your local communities. Our intention has always been to include as many babies as possible. When the new Guinness requirements started discouraging hosts from participating, we knew that including Guinness in our event no longer aligned with the primary purpose of GCDC.
We hope this decision will help to refocus momentum toward building your local cloth diaper community and planning a fun and educational event!
Please know that this was a difficult decision and was made with consideration of all involved. We appreciate your trust, patience, and support during this adjustment. YOU make The Great Cloth Diaper Change happen. YOU reaching your community is how this event makes such a difference in the world, and we are grateful for the efforts of every one of you!
Please contact Michelle Dominguez at email@example.com Mary Green at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding the global event.
For questions regarding the Lehigh Valley event, please contact the organizers at email@example.com.
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